April 2, 2013

The Imposter

Bart Layton, 2012

A 13 year-old Texas boy disappears suddenly, presumably abducted. After three years of the family hearing nothing, they suddenly receive a phone call from a man telling them that they have surprisingly found the boy in Spain.

This one is DARK. It's a parents worst nightmare that just gets worse. You're "treated" to a first-hand account from a criminal. Also, instead of your cheesy re-enactment footage that documentaries typically feature, this film uses crisp imagery that really shows high production value. There's a scene with a bus stop on a sandy desert road. All of a sudden I'm hearing "Queen Bitch" by David Bowie playing... and I'm thinking to myself how the hell did they afford the rights to this song? The interviews with the parties involved are edited well, and they provide a multi-dimensional perspective.

so-ci-o-path: A person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of conscience.

This film features a sociopath. This man is has a quick-witted craft that he executes without any sense of consequence. I always wonder if these people used these skills for good rather than evil how productive they could be. This person sees names of people on a list, and that's it. Doesn't see that there are lives connected to every one of those names. The person on the other end of the line has endured unimaginable loss. The objective part of me wonders if there is any sympathetic side to this criminal. After all, he is a product of the system himself. But what about accountability, personal responsibility? This is someone I wouldn't want to have a beer with, and would NEVER want him to have my phone number. Also you can't help but question the integrity of this family, who is clearly rough around the edges (ie. when the mother says "When I heard he was in Spain, I thought, wow, that's on the other side of the country"). In the end, there are subsequent twists in this story that will pull you in, and leave you wanting more when its over.

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